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18th Oct, 2021

Knife amnesty - Operation Sceptre takes almost 150 weapons off the streets of Worcestershire

MORE than 375 knives were surrendered across the West Mercia Police force area as part on Operation Sceptre.

The national week of action to get weapons off the street came to an end earlier this month and saw knife amnesty bins placed at police stations.

Of those handed in, 91 came across South Worcestershire and 52 in the north of the county.

Four were also found in weapon sweeps where police officers search different areas.

Officers across the force also carried out a number of other proactive activities in an effort to tackle knife crime, which included 35 school and college visits to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.

In addition, there were 78 visits to shops and businesses and officers also carried out high visibility patrols, media events, had pop up stands in towns, carried out 265 leaflet drops and undertook three warrants and 17 arrests.

Ch Supt Paul Moxley, who led West Mercia Police’s Operation Sceptre, said the force was committed to reducing the threat of knife crime within communities and reducing the number of victims of knife crime.

“Operation Sceptre is a national week of action that highlights our work to tackle this crime type, however it is important to stress that our work continues beyond this week of action and our officers are working every day to reduce the number of knives being carried and the number of people being hurt by them.”

He added the public had an important role to play in keeping knives off the streets.

“They can help us as an extra of eyes and ears in our fight against serious violence and knife crime, and by making a report to us you could help save a life.”

Anyone aware of someone carrying a knife should report it so police can take the necessary steps to safeguard them and identify those responsible.

To do that, visit westmercia.police.uk or call 101 (999 if it is an emergency and an immediate danger to life).

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